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A Simple Spell to Stop TrumpCare

Now that the Senate has forced a debate on the ACA repeal, we may only have a few days to stop Republicans from stripping up to 32 million Americans of their healthcare. (For those of you who vote Republican, consider this an invitation to think deeply about what your party has become. Is this really what you had in mind when you registered to vote? Might this be an opportunity for you to help bring the party back from the brink?) In addition to calling your senators, hitting the streets, and taking action in other ways--see, for example, Indivisible's new tool for people in blue states--here's a simple spell to help stop TrumpCare from becoming a reality.

You'll need:

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Overflowing Abundance: A Ritual with Amalthea's Horn of Plenty

I'm in the middle of revising the first book I ever published, Ancient Spellcraft, for a second edition. In the sixteen years since it came out (good grief, has it really been that long?) I've learned a thing or two and have deepened my relationships with many of the deities the book addresses, including Amalthea, the Minoan goat-goddess. She has been with me for years, since I was a teenager, if I'm really honest, but she's one of the lesser-known Minoan goddesses. I wrote a bit about her in a blog post a while back and today I thought I'd share a working from Ancient Spellcraft that involves her.

Her horn is the cornucopia, out of which so many good things come. Here in the U.S., cornucopias spring up around Thanksgiving, but I have one on my altar all the time. Amalthea is a goddess of abundance and like the Roman goddess Fortuna, who inherited her cornucopia, she's very generous.

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Blossom Magic

Blossoms

The blossom or flowers from any tree or plant can be popped into a vase to dress up your altar or dried or pressed to use in magical workings, incense blends and crafts.  Dried petals and flowers can also be pressed onto candles quite effectively or steeped in oil to create anointing oils and perfumes.

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Teach Us Those Runes

 Geriht us þat geruni.

“Teach us those runes.”

(Old Saxon Heliand, circa 850)

 

Writing is a magical act.

The old North Sea ancestors had two words meaning “write.”

One was to scribe. That meant “to write with pen and ink,” as the Romans did. This was the newfangled way to write, with a newfangled Latin name.

But the old word, the ancestral word, was to write. This originally meant “to carve.” The first writing that the ancestors knew was the carving ("risting") of runes into wood.

Note which method they favored.

In our hyper-literate society, in which most of us write with light rather than with ink or with lead, we tend to take writing for granted.

We shouldn't.

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Pollyanna of the Apocalypse Makes Soup

On Thanksgiving I began a spell to nourish family and friends, witches, pagans, and christians, neighbors and strangers through the shortest days and longest nights of a stunningly painful year careening to its end.  On Thanksgiving I began to make soup.

 

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10 Secrets to Successful Magic
Here are 10 little ways to improve the overall success quotient of your magic.
 
1. Always start with clutter clearing.
When I want to manifest or shift something, if I have any clutter ***anywhere*** (and let's admit it - we all do unless we just-just-JUST cleared clutter), I start by focusing on that. Nothing unsticks and opens the door to positivity like getting rid of the junk in your physical space.
 
2. Choose intentions with joy behind them.
We always want to look for the JOY. That's our gold, and the clue to our natural divine momentum and flow. When we choose intentions with joy, we get to merge our energetic efforts with the Universe, which of course always works in our favor. 
 
3. Have fun with your rituals and spells.
Fun is the fairy dust and silver bullet that takes your magic from good to great. If your manifestation efforts feel fun and expansive to you, they are always a success. So wait until the idea of the ritual feels fun - or tweak it until it does - before you begin. 
 
4. Make sure your front door is energetically clear.
Your front door is a symbol of the positive flow of energy and blessings into your life experience. If it's dusty or squeaky, covered by a vine, rarely used, or its full range of motion is obstructed by something, this is simply a physical mirror of an energetic block between you and your natural flow of blessings. The good news? You can remedy it easily by washing it, painting it, oiling it, making sure to activate it regularly by opening it to water the plants or get the mail, or moving whatever is obstructing its full range of motion. A new doormat and shiny address numbers won't hurt either. 
 
5. Get your beauty sleep.
Deep and restful sleep helps us align with our intuition and shore up our personal power. So if your sleep has been a little challenged of late, make sure your bedding is super comfy, your bedroom is clutter free, and your caffeine intake isn't too intense (particularly in the second half of the day). Holding a black tourmaline, or keeping it under your pillow or by your head, is another way to enhance the depth and quality of your sleep. Added bonus: it clears and protects your energy while you sleep.
 
6. Exercise to get your energy moving.
We often think of exercising as a way to change the way our body is shaped over time. But just one day of exercising instantly gets your energy moving and increases your electrical emanation (aura) every single time time. And this means your magical power is increased as well. Not to mention, exercise relieves stress and infuses you with a radiant glow. 
 
7. Eat and drink nourishing foods/beverages that your body loves.
Similarly, eating and drinking things that fuel your physical body's health also fuel your magical and spiritual health, and keep your aura and personal power strong. So tune in deeply to what your body is asking for in order to thrive.
 
8. Laugh a lot.
Laughing opens you up to all the beauty and magic of the universe. By lightening your spirit and increasing your electrical emanation (aura), it clears the way for the Divine to flow through you and your life experience. And believe it or not, simply making the decision to laugh more - and then making a point of doing so - actually works. Because the more you laugh, the more others laugh, and then the hilarity bounces back to you again and increases your laughter again. (Notice the added bonus of increasing the overall laughter quotient of the world.)
 
9. Remember you are co-creating with the Divine.
Speaking of clearing the way for the Divine to flow through you, it's important to remember ***this is where the magic comes from.*** When we hold the expectation that the little/finite "me" has to do all the work, we effectively use our free will to shut out the Divine flow that will facilitate our most ideal magical and personal success. So relax, release, lighten up, and open up to Divine miracles and blessings so that your magic will succeed. 
 
10. Cultivate a sense of joyful expectation.
When we do open up to the Divine as our co-creator and magical master of ceremonies, there is a lightness and a joy. We don't feel pressured or desperate or worried, and we feel light and open and free, as if we are certain that the most wonderful possible thing is about to happen. 
 
In fact, you might consider inwardly repeating the affirmation, "Something wonderful is about to happen...Something wonderful is happening now." You'll notice this affirmation brings a secretive smile to your face and a magical magnetism that attracts all kinds of fabulous things.
 
P.S. Stay in the inspiration loop! Registration is now open for The Good Vibe Tribe: my new membership program with new online magic workshops every month, weekly web chats, and a forum to connect with other members. To learn more and watch an introductory video, click here.
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Casting Love Spells: A Cautionary Tale

This post also appears at www.tarotbyhilary.com.

 

Once upon a time, a young foolish teenager cast a spell.

She cast a spell at one of the many power sites in the world, where all the elements meet in one place. Air, water, fire, and earth ... where the land meets the ocean. She found a pure white stone, and asked the Gods to bring to her a true love. She was tired of waiting, so she sought out a way to bring him to her. She held the stone in her left hand, and cast the love spell in the way that she was taught to cast it: without envisioning a specific person and without being unduly specific, because magic follows the path of least resistance, and magic often does not work in ways that humans understand or can anticipate. She held the stone firmly, and when she felt ready, she threw the stone out into the ocean, into the crest of a huge wave, and determined that the waves of the oceans constantly coming into shore would eventually bring love into her life.

It took three years and many relationships and coincidences for him to arrive.

How did she know that he was the one she asked the sea to bring to her?

His name means "from the sea."


 

I wrote this little “fairy tale” story back in 2007, when I still was with the person in question whose name meant “from the sea.” Yes, that young foolish teenager that cast the love spell was me, and yes, the story above (though flowery in language) really happened. Why am I writing about it now? That spell taught me very valuable lessons in how spell-casting really works.

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